Love, Pomegranate House


Steel Wool, Coffee Grounds & Vinegar Stain

Anyone who has taken a fraction of a second to look around the DIY blogosphere has seen that old, weathered, and distressed items are an absolute favorite of many bloggers. I am no different. I have come to love my wooden furniture to look like someone had found it in a 150 year old barn {and cleaned it off… and deodorized the lovely farm animal smell}. I love my wood to look like it has been sitting out in the sun for years and has seen its fair share of bumps and nicks {probably from me running into it 10 million times}.

So when I saw on Pinterest that you could make your own stain to create the old weathered look, I was just about jumping up and down with joy! I have yet to find a place in my area to get salvaged wood, and I’m not much of a fan of blonde wood, so this was a thrilling possibility!

This is all you need:

  • Steel Wool {I may or may not have bought a stainless steel wool pad first not realizing… oops}
  • 1 tbsp coffee grounds
  • White Vinegar
  • A sealable container

All you have to do is put the steel wool and coffee grounds in the container and fill the container with the vinegar. Then let it sit for 24 hours.

This was probably the easiest stain to make ever. The hard part was being patient. I’m really bad at being patient when I’m excited. Okay, let’s be honest. I’m bad at being patient, period.

The vinegar will start to dissolve the steel wool. The coffee grounds give the stain a bit of a brown-ish color. If you want a straight silver-gray color, exclude the coffee grounds.

When the forever-long-waiting-period is over, grab a plastic glove {or if you are lazy like me, a baggie} and fish the steel wool out of the container. Rub the steel wool all over your piece of wood, dipping the steel wool back in the container for more liquid as necessary. Coffee grounds will be on your wood, but you can easily wipe them off when it is dry.

Let the first coat dry for about 1 hour, then do a second coat. And voila! Your wood now looks old and weathered! Man, I love this technique. The color is gorgeous. And I didn’t have to wait 150 years for my wood to age out in the sun!

Score one for the cheap-o! Would you ever stain wood with vinegar??